Current Direction

Discussion in 'Feedback and Suggestions' started by Unregistered, Dec 12, 2007.

  1. Unregistered

    Thread Starter Guest

    In the topic "polarity of voltage drops",the diagram showig the current direction is same as electron direction.How it can be possible?the direction of current would be opposite to the direction of electrons.
  2. Dave

    Retired Moderator

    Nov 17, 2003
    Conventional current flow is defined as being from positive to negative, i.e. against the flow electrons. Our forefathers felt this was the most intuitive model of current flow.

    Actual current is the migration of charge (electrons being mobile negative charge) and consequently flow from negative to positive (negative electrons are attracted to a positive source). What you see in the above topic is actual current flow.

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  3. Salgat

    Active Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Current is the process of 2 different charges traveling in opposite directions. Technically, neither is wrong, so don't worry about it too much (although I prefer conventional due to it being the most popular standard to go by).